Shelter construction for 'Royal Baths' Meroe, Sudan
Competitive expert consultation process, 2015

The ancient 'Royal Baths' ensemble in Meroe, Sudan dates from the 1st century A.D. Since 2011 the Baths is part of the wider Meroe island archaeological area on the UNESCO world heritage list. The aim of the consultation process was to design an appropriate building to protect the extremely delicate archaeological site from the abrasive desert climate with a minimal reliance on technology. 

The design is based around a large airy volume with small skylights to protect the archaeology from the harsh direct sunlight and heat. Visitors can experience the remains through a series of suspended walkways traversing the excavation areas. Massive earth-brick walls and a roof based on a series of Nubian vaults creates a stable room climate without the need for mechanical ventilation or cooling. The simple building techniques create a link to the historic architecture and can be erected by local masons using locally available natural building materials.

Client
German Archaeological Institute (DAI)

Area
510 sq m

Expert consultation process
02/2014 – 05/2015

Architect
Roswag Architekten

Structural Engineer
Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure

Climatic Design Consultation
IB Hausladen

Rendering
Roswag Architekten